Seder Night becomes Data Night

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Date 23 Apr 2014

Seder Night becomes Data Night

JPR’s Passover seder discussion guide “Data Night” received high praise from across the UK Jewish community and was used around seder tables across the Jewish world.

Adam Taub, faculty member at the Modern Orthodox London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) described it “a really innovative approach to making JPR relevant to a whole new audience”, and Dean Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum expressed his gratitude for it and pledged to use it at his seder; Rabbi Laura Janner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism similarly thanked JPR for it and commented “I love this!”; Nick Gendler, co-Chair of Masorti Judaism, described it as a “great idea”; and Lucian Hudson, Chairman of Liberal Judaism commented that it was “very helpful.”

Other community leaders were equally complimentary. Kevin Sefton, Chairman of Limmud, said “Love it… thank you!”; Sally Berkovic, Director of the Rothschild Foundation (HaNadiv) Europe said it “looks fabulous” and forwarded it on to others; and Neil Taylor, Director of Care and Community Services at Jewish Care, described it as “very clever and imaginative.” Maurice Helfgott, one of the leaders of the New Leadership Network, called it “very fresh, thought provoking, timely and intelligent”, and both former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Rosalind Preston OBE, and Lord Mendelssohn described it as “a great idea.”

Further afield, Director General of the Jewish Agency, Alan Hoffmann, called it “a really great way to use data in the service of education”, and Yonatan Ariel, Executive Director of the Jewish Agency’s Makom initiative, described it as “Brilliant!” Nigel Savage, President of Hazon in New York, remarked that it was a “superb piece – very fascinating”, and Wayne Sussmann, a senior lay leader in the South African Jewish community maintained that it “made a good impact on our seder.”

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